Bolton vs. Leeds United: Championship – Match Preview

Leeds United open their 2016-17 Championship campaign away at promoted Bolton Wanderers.

Phil Parkinson oversaw promotion back to the Championship in his future season in charge of the Trotters.

All of their summer additions have been free transfers or loan deals, with Will Buckley and Adam Armstrong the two stand out purchases.

Leeds United replaced Garry Monk with Thomas Christiansen over the summer and Sunday is his first competitive fixture in charge of the club.

The club have spent close to £10million this summer, with Pontus Jansson and Samu Siaz the two biggest deals.

Match history
Leeds United have a very good recent record against Bolton and have suffered just one loss in the last nine league meetings.

Leeds took four points off Bolton in the 15-16 campaign and also eliminated the Trotters in the FA Cup.

Last five meetings (Championship unless stated)
Leeds United 2 Bolton Wanderers 1 – 05/03/16
Bolton Wanderers 1 Leeds United 2 (FA Cup) – 30/01/16
Bolton Wanderers 1 Leeds United 1 – 24/10/15
Bolton Wanderers 1 Leeds United 1 – 10/01/15
Leeds United 1 Bolton Wanderers 0 – 30/08/14

Leeds United DC – 4/9 with Coral

Team news
Filipe Morais is back in contention for Bolton, however he is unlikely to be fit to start here.

Adam Le Fondre will start up front having made his move permanent in the summer.

Jansson will serve a ban carried over from the previous season meaning Matthew Pennington will deputise.

Robert Green is set to drop out of the XI with summer addition Felix Wiedwald likely to be first choice goalkeeper.

Expected starting XI’s
Bolton Wanderers (3-5-2): Howard; Beevers, Wheater, Dervite; Darby, Pratley, Karacan, Taylor; Le Fondre, Madine
Leeds United (4-2-3-1): Wiedwald; Ayling, Pennington, Cooper, Berardi; Vieira, O’Kane; Alioski, Saiz, Roofe; Wood

Predictions

Result: Leeds United (13/8 with Betfair)

Correct Score: 1-2 (9/1 with Paddy Power)

Anytime Goalscorer: Chris Wood (15/8 with Betfair)

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